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Visitors "Walk All Over Waterloo" in celebration of area revitalization

Rachel Hunt

Issue date: 9/24/10 Section: Focus
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Independent record store Music Saves, one of the most popular businesses in the Waterloo Arts District, was among the many storefronts open for last weekend's
Independent record store Music Saves, one of the most popular businesses in the Waterloo Arts District, was among the many storefronts open for last weekend's "Walk All Over Waterloo" event.
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The Waterloo Arts district in Cleveland, Ohio has seen its share of problems throughout the years. This half-mile block of storefronts on Waterloo Road between E. 152th and E. 160th Streets, was once a hangout for gangs of all kinds. From the days of the Irish Mob around the 1970s and the Danny Greene legacy to lesser current-day Eastside neighborhood ruffians, the Waterloo district has been a difficult one to tame. It fell upon hard times as little as four years ago when the recession was in full swing, and Cleveland was losing control of many of its far-off neighborhoods. However, about three years ago the neighborhood started to turn around. As local artists started to move in, Waterloo experienced a sort of revitalization that many are hoping will expand to other parts of the city.

Now home to over 12 independent music and art retailers, Waterloo is a pretty hip place to be and safer than ever. To celebrate this milestone and create some foot traffic in the area, merchants held "Walk All Over Waterloo" on Friday, Sept. 17 from 6 to 11 p.m. All businesses were open throughout the event and offered sweet hookups for customers interested in supporting local businesses.

Arts Collinwood, a non-profit organization that benefits the greater Collinwood neighborhood, has been especially influential in cultivating the arts in the neighborhood. Sarah Gyorki has been running Arts Collinwood since 2003, and in addition to running the gallery, which displays local artists and emerging young artists, she has recently opened the Waterloo Café with the help of the entire organization. Several reincarnations of restaurants and coffee shops have existed in this building, but Waterloo Café seems by far the most delicious of them all. They offer a full menu of coffee concoctions as well as a full bar and lunch/dinner menu. In back of the gallery and restaurant, Arts Collinwood offers weekly and monthly art classes for anyone in the community for a small fee.
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